Advent Devotion – December 5 – Scott Williams

He said to me, “Human one, these bones are the entire house of Israel.”

Ezekiel 37:11-14

Scripture: Ezekiel 37:11-14

In 2020, we have faced many struggles and hard times with COVID -19 and civil unrest in our nation. Yet God tells us not to let our hearts be troubled.

Many have been unable to worship together during this difficult time. Perhaps, some feel distant from our church family or from God. However, during this difficult year, I am still joyful that we can worship the loving Lord together, be it virtual, just as the struggling Israelites during exile.

Let us be thankful that no matter the hard times we have faced in 2020, the Lord loves us so much that God sent God’s Son so that Christ could raise us up to live and worship God through all our struggles.

May each of you receive the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus Christ, so you may live through your struggles in 2020 and beyond.

Peace of Christ always be with you.

Prayer: God of renewal and growth, you spoke through Ezekiel to the Israelites saying “I will put my Spirit in you and you will live. ” In this time and place, wherever we are, we worship you. We ask you again to breathe into us your Holy Spirit. Open our hearts and minds to receive what you lovingly offer – your own self to make us whole. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Scott Williams

 

Core Idea: God responds to despair with the hope of new life.

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